10:30 AM Aug 19, 2011
The Hope College men's basketball team is a welcoming a 6-foot-10 NCAA Division I transfer in October. Center Nate VanArendonk is leaving Central Michigan University to join the Flying Dutch-men. Hope coach Matt Neil confirmed Van-Arendonk's decision on Thursday. He said the Grand Haven native will be one of several incoming freshmen at Hope this fall, but declined further comment. VanArendonk would have four years of eligibility remaining. He missed the final 28 of CMU's games last season due to mononucleosis and received a medial redshirt.
10:36 AM Aug 12, 2011
President Barack Obama used his visit Thursday to an advanced battery plant in Ottawa County to promote his program to create jobs through clean energy. Obama toured a Johnson Controls Inc. plant in Holland that makes batteries for alternative-fuel vehicles such as hybrid or electric cars and trucks, then spoke to employees and others. Johnson Controls has received a $300 million federal grant and expects to create 150 jobs at facilities in Michigan and Wisconsin, White House energy adviser Heather Zichal said.
7:15 AM Aug 12, 2011
President Barack Obama's planned visit to an advanced battery facility in Ottawa County was expected to highlight how technology could help automakers reach new fuel efficiency standards announced by his administration. Obama was to visit a Johnson Controls Inc. facility in Holland this afternoon. His appearance came after announcing new fuel standards for cars, light trucks and work trucks. The Johnson Controls factory makes advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.
10:34 AM Aug 11, 2011
The vibrant and diverse contemporary art and cultural heritage of the Caribbean island of Curaçao is the focus of an exhibition in the gallery of the Hope College De Pree Art Center, beginning Aug. 19. The gallery will feature "Island Reflections: The Contemporary Art of Curaçao' through Oct. 1. In addition, there will be an artist talk at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and an opening reception at 5 p.m. The exhibit, artist talk and reception are open to the public. Admission is free.
7:21 AM Aug 10, 2011
The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking help from the public to identify those involved in the rescue of several swimmers from violent rip currents near the Holland State Park beach pier head on Aug. 3 by a Coast Guardsman, representatives from other agencies and local citizens. The Coast Guard is compiling information about the case and is seeking the identities of a male teenager and a female teenager who were rescued at about 2:45 p.m., as well as information from anyone who witnessed any of the rescues.
6:00 PM Aug 9, 2011
The Holland Symphony Orchestra is offering a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. "Pops in the Park' will take place at Holland's Kollen Park, at VanRaalte Avenue and 10th Street in Holland. Bring a chair and enjoy a variety of symphonic music as the sun sets over Lake Macatawa. The rain location is Holland Civic Center, 150 W. Eighth St.
2:00 PM Aug 8, 2011
Claudia Hayes-Hagar, a long-time art educator who was a part-time lecturer at Hope College in art and education for 14 years, died on Sunday, August 8, at age 59 following a battle with cancer. She joined the Hope faculty in 1997, teaching courses in art and education with an emphasis on elementary art instruction in addition to teaching in the West Ottawa Public Schools.
4:00 PM Aug 5, 2011
Herrick District Library is reducing public service hours and staffing as part of a cost-savings measure. The changes will go into effect Aug. 22 at the Holland library and its North Side Branch. The changes were delayed until then because the staff said it was crucial to follow through with programs scheduled as part of its Summer Reading Club. The change in public service hours is taking place due to a loss of revenue of approximately $630,000 over the past three fiscal years, mainly due to the drop in local property values, library officials said.
10:57 AM Jul 29, 2011
The final production this year for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is the musical "Guys on Ice.' It will open Sunday at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland with an 8 p.m. performance. Performances will continue for a limited run on Aug. 2, 4, 8 and 10. Tickets are now on sale through the DeWitt and DeVos Fieldhouse ticket offices. Prices range from $10 to $26. Online: www.hope.edu/hsrt
11:06 AM Jul 28, 2011
Police are searching for a woman who they say failed to turn over custody of her two children to their father at the Holland Department of Public Safety. Investigators said Wendi Carpenter had visitation with her daughter and son over the summer months and, by court order, was supposed to meet the children's father Tuesday at the public safety headquarters. When Carpenter failed to show up at the designated time and place, police began investigating. Police said they now believe Carpenter fled the state with the children.